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Unique Learning Experiences

At Grainger Engineering, you're getting much more than just an excellent education taught by top faculty. You're getting the opportunity to perform groundbreaking research, to start new businesses, to work with your peers across disciplines on complex modern challenges, to see the world and develop the skills to make a real impact. These are the opportunities unique to a large, collaborative, and multidisciplinary institution that can make a huge difference in your experience.

We also offer a number of interesting specialization courses, a joint minor with the Gies College of Business, projects, centers and resources to make your academic experience as unique as your interests. Experiences like this are what makes our students highly desired once they enter the job market.

Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience (GFX)

One way we make sure you start strong is with IEFX: a program specifically for freshmen, which helps you get adjusted to college and start learning what you’re interested in. Along with an introductory course, IEFX offers courses and other programs to give first-year students hands-on experiences to get their college careers off to a strong start.

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Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE)

CARE enhances the learning experience for all undergraduate engineering students through academic support, enhancing collaborative learning opportunities, and providing positive influence through peer mentoring.

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Senior Design Projects

Senior design projects offer you an unparalleled opportunity to work with a company on a specific project, which will give you beneficial hands-on experience before you graduate. You’ll work in teams to solve real world problems for corporate or not-for-profit clients. All engineering departments (except Physics) have a capstone or senior design project.

Aerospace Engineering

Agricultural & Biological Engineering


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cancer Community @Illinois

The Cancer Scholars Program is an undergraduate program that provides a unique and interdisciplinary learning experience. This program takes learning out of the traditional classroom model and incorporates real-world experiences. This method lets students pursue their passions, provides the opportunity for students to do meaningful work in an area that’s important, and will help Illinois graduates become leaders in providing solutions against cancer.

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Hoeft Technology & Management Program

This innovative program is a minor offered jointly through the Grainger College of Engineering and Geis College of Business. It bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified undergraduates. In the T&M Program, you will work closely with corporate partners and gain invaluable skills that will make you a leader in technology and business.

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